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Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program

Superior North EMS, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, has taken the lead in developing and implementing a PAD program for the City and District of Thunder Bay.  From funding received from The Patterson Foundation, The Andrews Foundation and the Rotary Club, PADs were provided for all the schools in all school boards in the City and District of Thunder Bay.  Currently we have placed 173 PADs in the District of Thunder Bay.

These automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) allow members of the public to attach the device to a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest and help restart their heart.  The PAD will analyze a victim’s heart for a shockable rhythm and allow the user to deliver a shock.  In a cardiac arrest, two of the key links to surviving such an event is early CPR and defibrillation.  For every minute a person is in cardiac arrest, their chances of surviving decreases by about 10%.

We have had two saves in the City of Thunder Bay from the use of a PAD - one at the Port Arthur Arena and the other at the Community Auditorium.  Read on to find out what happened to David Nuttall: 

On December 14, 2007, David Nuttall was playing hockey at the Port Arthur Arena when he suddenly collapsed to the ice.  Fellow teammates recognized the seriousness of the situation as David did not have a pulse and they immediately began CPR.  Just two weeks prior to this, a PAD had been installed at the arena thanks to a donation from the Paterson Foundation.  The PAD was attached and one shock was delivered.  David regained a pulse and shortly thereafter was conscious and alert. He was discharged from the hospital a week later with no after effects from his cardiac arrest. 

Dave Nuttall holding a PAD at the Port Arthur Arena where his save took place.
Dave Nuttall holding a PAD at the Port Arthur Arena where his save took place.

PADs can save lives!!
Current locations where PAD’s are or will be installed.


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